Surgical Fire

(redirected from Intraoperative Flash Fire)
A flash fire that occurs during a surgical procedure, which may injure patients or, rarely, cause death; 600 surgical fires are reported every year, but because reporting of such fires is not mandatory, the number may be much higher
Factors Sparks from electrocauterisation instruments, sustained by combustibles—e.g., surgical covers, facilitated by the high-O2 environment
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